Frommer's NYC Free and Dirt Cheap Paperback – Nov 30 2010
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From the Back Cover
Take a bite out of the Big Apple—not your budget!
Free Music: Classical music, jazz quartets, and cutting-edge bands.
Free Speech: A-list plays, quick-witted comedy, and readings.
Free Food: The best happy hours, plus where to score delectabledirt-cheap eats—from burgers to BYOB Thai to pre-theater Peruvian.
Free Films: Outdoors and indoors, from indies to cult faves.
Free Classes: Take a morning tai chi class, learn to identify a good cabernet, or find out how to start your own business.
Free (or Almost) Accommodations: Apartment rentals, couch-surfing, and low-cost (yet surprisingly posh!) hotels.
"In the land of $49 burgers and $1,000-a-night hotel rooms, author Ethan Wolff shows that the adventurous budgettraveler can still do the Big Apple in style. Written forresidents as well as visitors, this guide has plenty of goodclear maps and a chapter of free and cheap itineraries."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"Great info . . . This irreverent insider's guide gets points for flagging overrated attractions."
—The Washington Post
"[Makes] one of the most expensive cities in the world accessible to those of us with champagne tastes and beer budgets."
About the Author
Ethan Wolff is a fourth-generation New Yorker. How he happened to grow up in Virginia is a complete mystery to him. He lives in the heart of the Bargain District on the Lower East Side.
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It had me at hello (or, more accurately, the introduction entitled "The Best Things In Life Are Free"). Wolff's prose has the perfect blend of knowledge and wit to really make the places he's writing about come alive, with solid historical insights where applicable (the sections on Coney Island were quick but fun reads, quite informative for a newbie like me) and plenty of reference materials to help you plan out your days (maps, addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation, etc.). Especially handy are the subway map and free events calendars printed on the inside front/back covers--efficient and helpful on the go.
I knew the real test would come when my host in Brooklyn took a look at it--she's studying museum education and having lived there her whole life, knows many of the nooks & crannies around town. When I started showing her the listings about places like the Forbes Galleries, the original Winnie the Pooh housed at the NY Public Library, and panorama of NYC at the Queens Museum of Art (all free or very cheap), her eyes lit up. And I knew we had a winner on our hands. If it could impress a city slicker like her, no wonder it had impressed a hayseed like me.
If you're looking for a book that can take you off the beaten tourist track, or even if you live in NYC and are looking for some fresh ideas for cheap entertainment, I really can't recommend this highly enough. Good tips, great resource, and a fun read.
As for activities, we've tried a few free ones and that's where this book pays for itself. There are some terrific ideas listed here which you'd expect to pay for, but are free.
Great buy for NYer or visitor.